Bassetlaw Tri club wants to make sprint event a family affair

Bassetlaw Sprint Triathlon is back for a second year, and this time the organisers want it to be a family affair.

The team of volunteers behind the 3rd August race are looking for a local family to make their triathlon debut.

Chris Johnson from Bassletaw Triathlon Club explained: “Last year we followed and supported Guardian sports editor Graham Smyth as he trained for his first triathlon.”

“This year we are looking for a team made up of three members of a local family, who have not taken part in a triathlon before.”

“The club would like to offer them support, chart their progress in training and then report their race results.”

Last year the Bassetlaw club’s inaugural event went swimmingly, and they’re keen to encourage more local people to participate.

Event director Jo Summers said: “We want to help and encourage people to try tri, and entering our novice-friendly event is a great way to start.”

The race begins at Worksop Leisure Centre with a 400m pool swim, before a 21k bike ride and a 5k run.

Summers added: “With a little training none of the distances should be too daunting and all you need is a swimming costume goggles, a bicycle and helmet, a pair of trainers and comfortable clothes to run in.”

Bassetlaw Triathlon Club receives event support from the council’s Sports Development Team, BPL Leisure, Apple Fitness and Castus Web Design.

This years age group has been lowered to include young people aged 14 and over.

Competitors can also enter as a team of three, which is a great opportunity for families and local businesses, with each member of the team choosing either the swim, bike or run leg.

For more information, or to enter, visit